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Bloor West Village

Bloor West Village is a lively pocket nestled in west Toronto that runs north to Annette Street, south to Bloor Street West, west to Jane Street, and east to Runnymede Road.

This idyllic neighbourhood is well known for its large, character-filled homes that often recall a nod to the architectural styling of the American craftsman movement that was prominent in the early 20th century. Tree-lined streets, local shops and markets, and a sense of a close-knit community make Bloor West a popular nesting ground for families. Trendy restaurants and accessibility by transit also make this neighbourhood a hot spot for young professionals and local artists.

One of the main attractions of Bloor West Village is its proximity to Toronto's biggest park, High Park. In addition to numerous year-round events in the Park, the area also hosts annual Ukrainian Festivals in September, July Festivals, and Halloween Festivals on Armadale Avenue, Beresford Avenue and Glendonwynne Road.

Local Schools
Humbercrest P.S., 14 St Marks Road. 416.394.2370
James Culnan, 605 Willard Avenue, 416.393.5325
King George Jr. P.S., 25 Rexford Road, 416.394.3060
Runnymede C.I., 569 Jane Street, 416.394.3200
St. Cecilia, 355 Annette Street, 416.393.5218
St. James, 230 Humbercrest Boulevard, 416.393.5275
St. Pius X, 71 Jane Street, 416.393.5237
Western Technical-Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Crescent, 416.393.0500


High Park

Towering, majestic post-World War I homes and pretty tree-lined crescents are all characteristic of the High Park neighbourhood, which extends north to Annette Street, south to Bloor Street West, west to Runnymede Road, and east to the CNR/CPR railway tracks.

Initially a place for the Junction wealthy, High Park has since flourished as a tight-knit community popular with growing families who appreciate the convenience of being steps to the largest and most well-known park in Toronto. The abundance of fauna quickly gained High Park a reputation for being one of the most placid and beautiful areas in an otherwise urban city. In more recent years, the introduction of new condominium projects, coupled with the unique shops and restaurants of the area, are establishing High Park as one of the most sought-after areas of the city.

In addition to local events, residents of the area can also enjoy activities in High Park, which include walking trails, picnic areas, baseball fields, an outdoor pool, ice rink, tennis courts, the community-built Adventure Playground, "Dream in High Park" outdoor plays, and the zoo.

Local Schools
Bishop Marrocco/Merton, 1515 Bloor Street West, 416.393.5545
Humberside C.I., 280 Quebec Avenue, 416.393.0000
Keele Street Jr. P.S., 99 Mountview Avenue, 416.393.9035
Runnymede Jr. & Sr. P.S., 357 Runnymede Road, 416.393.9055
St. Cecilia, 355 Annette Street, 416.393.5218
Western Technical-Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Crescent, 416.393.0500


The Junction

The old saying about belonging to the "wrong side of the tracks" certainly doesn't apply to the Junction, one of Toronto's oldest and most storied neighbourhoods.

Extending north to Annette, south to St. Clair, west to Runnymede Road and east to the CNR railway, the Junction is characterized by residential neighbourhoods in the centre, and industrial sites and meat-packing facilities in the periphery. The Ontario Stockyards, closed in 1993, is now home to large big box stores like Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Future Shop and Rona.

The once blue-collared neighbourhood is enjoying a housing boom, partly in thanks to the vacant industrial spaces and warehouses that are being reimagined as loft conversions. What was once regarded as a manufacturing community is quickly turning into one of the most buzzed about areas of Toronto.

Residents of the Junction can enjoy the newly opened RailPath, which provides a direct pedestrian path to the Dundas and Lansdowne area, or join in the festivities of the Junction Arts Festival, as well as the CONTACT Photography Festival and the annual October Pumpkinfest.

Local Schools
Humberside C.I., 280 Quebec Avenue, 416.393.0000
Runnymede Jr. & Sr. P.S., 357 Runnymede Road, 416.393.9055
St. Cecilia, 355 Annette Street, 416.393.5218
St. Josaphat, 55 Pelham Avenue, 416.393.5291
St. Rita, 178 Edwin Avenue, 416.393.5216


Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles has always been known for its capability of preserving the past and yet embracing the modern; this knack for tying the two together has led Roncesvalles to become one of Toronto's most eclectic family neighbourhoods.

What the area lacks in size - stretching north to Dundas and a mere handful of blocks south to Queen along Roncesvalles - it more than makes up for in character. Stunning Victorians and homes modeled in the traditional, hand-crafted American Foursquare cohabitate peacefully with long-standing churches and dog parks and funky cafes.

While Roncesvalles retains much of its post-War original charm, funky loft conversions and low-rise condominium projects are starting to revitalize the area, offering a contemporary spin nestled in old world charisma. In addition to local butcher shops, organic grocery stores, and the community-run Revue theatre, residents of the area find themselves steps to High Park, Sorauren Avenue Park, and the Sunnyside lakefront and boardwalk. In 2005, Roncesvalles held its first Polish festival, which has since become an annual tradition in the area.

Local Schools
Bishop Marrocco/Merton, 1515 Bloor Street West, 416.393.5545
Fern Avenue P.S., 128 Fern Avenue, 416.393.9130
Garden Avenue P.S., 225 Garden Avenue, 416.393.9165
Howard Park Jr. P.S., 30 Marmaduke Street, 416.393.9255
Parkdale C.I., 209 Jameson Avenue, 416.393.9000
St. Vincent de Paul, 116 Fermanagh Avenue, 416.393.5227


Seaton Village

Seaton Village is perhaps like the lesser known sister of The Annex. Bordering The Annex to its west, the small neighbourhood of Seaton Village runs from Christie Street east to Bathurst, and Dupont Street south to Bloor.

Like The Annex, Seaton Village is mostly residential, with a majority of shops and restaurants running along Bloor Street West. The tree-lined streets are primarily comprised of solid brick semi-detached homes dating back to the early 20th century. The area is widely diverse, with many households speaking more than one language. The affordability of the area as compared to its counterpart in the east makes this neighbourhood popular among university students and first time home buyers.

Koreatown, which runs along Bloor Street West, provides residents of Seaton Village with numerous recreational choices, including restaurants, shops, and bars. Nearby schools and parks, most notably Christie Pits Park and Vermont Square Park, make this neighbourhood a great option for young families.

Local Schools
Essex Junior & Senior P.S., 50 Essex Street, 416.393.0717
Palmerston Junior P.S., 734 Palmerston Avenue, 416.393.9305
Saint Raymond Separate School, 270 Barton Avenue, 416.393.5293
West End Alternative School, 777 Bloor Street West, 416.393.0660


The Annex

Towering Victorian and Edwardian homes and mansions, most dating over a century, are at the cornerstone of the Annex neighbourhood, which stretches north to Davenport Road, south to Bloor Street West, west to Bathurst Street, and east to Avenue Road.

Once a neighbourhood for the elite of Old Toronto - Timothy Eaton and George Gooderham, just to name a few - the Annex has since retained much of its reputation as the stomping ground for the well-to-do, but has also attracted hip restaurants, shops, and cafes that cater to the neighbouring University of Toronto campus.

The "Annex style house", conceptualized by Toronto architect E. J. Lennox and characterized by large Romanesque arches and decorative turrets, remains one of the most sought-after styles in the city. When the wealthy began migrating north to other neighbourhoods, many of the larger Edwardian homes were fashioned into multi-unit residences. A renewed interest in the area saw owners convert these statuesque buildings back to single family homes.

Residents of the Annex rarely have to leave the area to find something to do. Local theatres, shops, restaurants, and community centres make up a large part of the area's businesses.

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Local Schools
Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst Street, 416.393.0060
Holy Rosary, 308 Tweedsmuir Avenue, 416.393.5225
Huron Street Jr. P.S., 541 Huron Street, 416.393.1570
Jesse Ketchum P.S., 61 Davenport Road, 416.393.1530
St. Bruno, 402 Melita Crescent, 416.393.5376
St. Raymond, 270 Barton Avenue, 416.393.5293

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Trinity-Bellwoods

The pretty Trinity-Bellwoods area resides just north of Queen Street between Ossington and Bathurst Streets, and is so named from its local park, which spans several blocks north to Dundas Street West.

As the original site of the University of Toronto's Trinity College, the area gained prominence in the early 1900s as an influx of residents moved into the neighbourhood. The College was situated in the central part of the park, but only remnants exist today. The architecture of that era, which comprised mostly of soaring, narrow houses of the "bay and gable" or "gothic revival" style, are still scattered throughout the residential streets flanking the park.

Following World War II, the arrival of immigrants, most notably from Portugal, helped shape much of the area's character. Many Portuguese restaurants and stores stretch along Dundas Street West and encompass an area that what the locals dub "Little Portugal."

Trinity-Bellwoods Park has become a local landmark to residents and can often be crowded on a warm summer day. The large park provides ample space for recreation: tennis courts, a playground, a hockey rink, picnic areas, a greenhouse, a community center, and a swimming pool can be found in its expanse. There is also a local farmer's market on Tuesday afternoons from spring to fall.

The surrounding major streets, including Queen Street West and Ossington Avenue, have recently become a hot spot for trendy restaurants, bars and cafes, with the area undergoing a major facelift within the last decade.

Local Schools
City View Alternative Senior School, 38 Shirley Street, Floor 3, 416.393.8708
Charles G. Fraser Junior P.S., 79 Manning Avenue, 416.393.1830
Ecole Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, 65 Grace Street, 416.397.2097
Givins-Shaw P. S., 180 Shaw Street, 416.393.1240
Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic School, 30 Humbert Street, 416.393.5367
St. Luke Separate School, 319 Ossington Avenue, 416.393.5347
Shirley Street P.S., 38 Shirley Street, 416.393.8708


King West Village

A bevy of sleek condominiums, trendy restaurants, and green parks greet visitors of this west downtown neighbourhood, which runs along King Street West, between Dufferin Street east to Bathurst Street. Relatively new, King West Village is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the city's newest hot spots for entertainment and living.

What was once a prominent military and industrial centre in the late 1850s has been transformed into a residential area with condos sharing sidewalk space with restaurants, pubs, and local shops. A staple of the area, the King West streetcar, is definitive of this neighbourhood's jump into city life.

Habitants of this area are well acquainted with the older industrial buildings along Wellington Street, as well as local haunts like the Wheat Sheaf Tavern, which is one of the oldest standing pubs in Toronto, and the myriad of small, pet-friendly parks that run adjacent to many residential condo buildings.

The area is still undergoing an expansion, with an expected increase in new condo construction. Its proximity to Liberty Village and Queen Street West ensures that residents of this trendy neighbourhood never run out of things to do.

Local Schools
Charles G. Fraser Junior P.S., 79 Manning Avenue, 416.393.1830
Givins-Shaw P.S., 180 Shaw Street, 416.393.1240
Niagara Street Junior P.S., 222 Niagara Street, 416.393.1371
Oasis Alternative Secondary School, 20 Brant Street, 416.393.9830
Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic School, 30 Humbert Street, 416.393.5367


Liberty Village

Cool. Calm. Collected. Those are three words that might describe the archetypical Liberty Village resident. But they could very well describe the fledgling neighbourhood's landscape. Peppered with tall high rises, hard loft conversions and townhomes, this relatively new residential area in Toronto has experienced exponential growth from the mid-2000's to the present day, with several new buildings and shopping complexes recently erected on and around East Liberty Street.

The area's expansion is in part due to location. With Dufferin to its west, Strachan to its east, and the Gardiner Expressway and King Street West to its south and north respectively, Liberty Village is just a short walk to the Lakeshore, King Street West, Queen Street West, and the entertainment district.

But many locals also love the architecture. The area's industrial roots can be appreciated with still-standing factories repurposed into live/work spaces and offices in the west end of Liberty Street, which attract an abundance of design firms and multimedia studios. Remnants from the past, like the old Inglis Factory and the former Massey Furgeson Head Office, are seamlessly integrated into this urbanized neighbourhood.

This new area of Toronto has become a community in its own right, drawing young professionals to the neighbourhood with its mix of sleek boutique shops, acclaimed restaurants, and city living just a stone's throw away.

Local Schools
Niagara Street Junior P.S., 222 Niagara Street, 416.393.1371
Holy Family Catholic School, 1372 King Street West, 416.393.5212
Queen Victoria P.S., 100 Close Avenue, 416.393.9200